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From around 1956 until the mid 1980s, Dodge, Plymouth and even Chrysler squads were the most ubiquitous police cars in North America. In fact, the biggest department, the NYPD, used Plymouth and Dodge squads almost exclusively until the rear-drive M body car was finally axed in 1989.
The no-frills Savoy two-door sedan was home to another engine of considerable repute, the infamous 413 Max Wedge, a Super Stock monster block Chrysler introduced in the spring of 1962.
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1958 Edsel Pacer Convertible with Continental Kit The Edsel brand became launched on September 4, 1957 with 18 models and an established separate Edsel Division of Ford. After Ford President Henry Ford II and his brothers, Benson and William Clay, introduced the new 1958 Edsel Citation convertible to enthusiasts, Edsel s second 1958 ragtop was a Ford-designed Pacer model version. Only 1876 units were built, and were $800 less than the fore-runner Citation. Designer Roy Brown s objective was to come up with a car that looked nothing like anything else on the market. In that approach, he was successful. But public acceptance became another challenge for the new Ford division, as history indicates. Price-leading twins, Ranger and Pacer, were based on Ford s 118-inch Fairlane chassis. The engine utilized for Ranger and Pacer models were Ford s 361cid V-8 s producing 303-hp. Ironically, after the first introduced, Edsel slashed to 10 models and eliminated both Pacer and Citation. Over time, nonetheless, Edsels have gathered most dedicated followers. As a result, numerous restorable, exceptional cars survived with 58 s and 59 s, the easiest to find. But enthusiasts remain cautious. Edsels from 1960 are very rarely found. There exists numbers of Ford-based and Canadian production fakes. However, if still found, the 1958 Pacer or Citation convertibles can be quite expensive and high-return investments. Be aware too if found with factory AC - notably with hardtops - can add +15% more to value pricing. The exemplary 1958 Pacer Convertible featured here has a newly rebuilt 361 V-8 (July 2000) with refurbished standard transmission, new white-wall rubber all around, perfectly functioning new convertible top, fitted skirts, working heater and radio, power antenna and excellent Black acrylic enamel paint. There was 33,000 original miles on the car before complete restoration. Present owner of the Pacer has driven and maintained the car for 27-years. Extra parts, historic information, early photos and advertisements go with purchase, including an extra generator, starter, and water pump. Check out the following number breakdown and information that was provided to us by former Edsel Club president and current KBB editor Phil Skinner! Starting with the serial number W8UR728469 we find: W=261 cid/303 HP "E400" V8 engine. (The E400 was based on the engines advertised foot/pound torque rating). 8=1958 model year U=Louisville, KY assembly plant (where the majority of Edsels were produced) R=Pacer convertible 7=Edsel 28469=28,469th Edsel "scheduled" for production at the Louisville facility. The body code line breaks down as follows: Body: 76B=Convertible/Pacer series Color: A A=Single Tone Raven Black Trim: AN=White and Black "Boxcalf" Grain vinyl seats with black-white painted dashboard, black garnish moldings Date: 20C=March 20, 1958 as the day this car was "scheduled" for production Trans: 1=3-speed manual transmission Ax
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